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Impossible to make predictions before taking a single snap. Could be a bust, could be a huge success. I've seen mid-round players become NFL superstars and first-rounders never reach more than mediocre status in the pros. I wish him the best.
I'll be the first to admit that I totally was preparing myself for defeat, and had moved off of the couch away from the television prior to the fateful plan. I didn't want to see us lose and knew we were done for if we'd needed to kick a field goal to send the game into a second overtime. And the next words out of my mouth were, verbatim, "Oh my God. We just won!"
Of course CBS wouldn't make light of this, LSUMC. It only happened on maybe two instances, but it was very real when it did. I remember my ex-wife, watching Miles' and Wolfson's interaction at the time, and her saying, "Wow, she really hates him." My memory is not that bad. And no network wants there to be a drama storm of feuding between one of their employees and a prominent coach. Trust me, it happened. I think Wolfson was the better person here and being that she is still employed by CBS, I bet she can't talk about it if she wanted to. And, she may not choose to come forward. That's her decision.
I remember watching the body language between Miles when he was coach and former sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. When she interviewed him prior to the game, it was clear to everyone that he'd made her extremely angry for some reason. I wasn't there; I have no intimate knowledge, but perhaps Miles said something crude or sexually harassing to her. It was easy to see the look of pure hatred she showed him. CBS tamped down on it, of course, and I recall an ESPN interview with Miles and the team the day after the game. Miles made a point of having his wife sit next to him. Damage control, perhaps? Wolfson could break her silence, but might not be able to do so due to contractual agreements as part of her contract with CBS. Maybe there's a YouTube video floating around out there to prove my point.
We do take college football too seriously here. I'd much rather us focus on more important things, but I suppose it's better to be good at something than to be good at nothing.
The NFL chews players up and spits them out. This is especially true for offensive lineman, defensive lineman, and running backs. It is kinder to wide receivers like Julio Jones. How many of Bear Bryant's players achieved superstar status? I can think of Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler off the top of my head, and then Ozzie Newsome. Lee Roy Jordan, maybe? John Hannah. Am I leaving anyone out?
Anything can happen in the NCAA tournament. That's why it's always such a crapshoot and exciting. I hope Alabama does well, but if they have an off-day and can't hit threes, they won't last very long. I'm a UAB grad, and I remember being thrilled that we beat Iowa State in 2005 as a 13 seed, even though we immediately lost the next game. We should go again this year, and my expectations are low. C-USA is a weak league, as much as I hate to admit it.
The Christian Laettner of college football.
It's entirely possible that he'll be able to thrive in a much less competitive league. But it's also possible he'll be a mediocre coach and become bowl eligible every now and again. This is an interesting hire.
Who knows? He might qualify for the Independence Bowl and the Music City Bowl every now and again.
Let's make it fair and standardized. What we used to call Division II, Division III, and lower classes than that have used a playoff system for years. I understand the issue about maintaining the integrity of the bowl system, but that's a tough argument to make because there are so many now. Back in the day, there were relatively few, and only the best times got invited.
Sometimes, college success simply does not translate to pro success. Sometimes, players who were considered middle-of-the-pack in college thrive as pro players. Tom Brady went in the sixth round. Bart Starr made nary a ripple when he played at Alabama, going in the 17th Round, yet his Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls.
He was never much of a kicker, but his mediocracy will fit in well at Vanderbilt.
Nor do you know how to spell "you're". So welcome to hypocrisy, buddy.
And I'm not leaving. At no point does it say that this site is only for close-minded conservatives.
So you're arguing that because I have a college degree I can't be a college football fan? What part of what I said was elitist? Or did it offend your sensibilities. I was calling for unity, and you immediately reacted by displaying your feelings of inferiority. I pity you.
I, sir, will respect your right to your opinion, no matter how bigoted or close-minded it is. Use logic, rather than ad hominem attacks, and maybe we can talk like two adults.
That is the impasse where we find ourselves right now in this present moment. I'm ambivalent. We can't forget our history and the virtuous things we have done right, while at the same time wishing to erase the legacy of the objectionable things important people in our history have done. But I hold hope that there is a middle ground.
Applewhite didn't impress me as Alabama's first offensive coordinator under Saban and was not sad to see him go. But I wish him well at South Alabama. As for all the Saban haters, you're just jealous. :-)
Not to get too heady on you, but we are dealing with times of great change. The Left feels that it is making matters better for everyone. The Right calls this "cancel culture". I want to quote Southern historian C. Vann Woodward: "Historians have their armchair consolations, of course, their after-dinner ironies with brandy. We knew all along, or so we inform the young and ill-tutored, that all revolutionary upheavals have their life cycle: rise, climax, decline, reaction. We knew too well--and the knowledge always rather embarrassed encounters with true believers--that high fevers of idealism and self-sacrifice cannot be sustained indefinitely, that they lag and burn themselves out, that disenchantment and self-doubt always creep in. And one could expect from previous experience that extremists at both ends would take over and make common cause against rational means. Then come the men who recite their traditional lines: that reforms have proceeded too fast, that violence and disorder have gone too far, that extremists must be got in hand, and that law and order must be be established at all cost." This is where we are right now. As for Crusaders, I'm a pacifist, and like many liberal Christians, I was all for removing the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" because of the militarist language in it.
I haven't understood popular music since 1994. But I grew up listening to my mother's Beatles LPs, and it's been postulated that the music you listen to in your formative years determines what you will like for the rest of your life.
I'm not sure what the streaker was trying to prove, or what statement said streaker was trying to make. We had streakers in the Seventies all the time for a while.
I'm amazed at Saban's continued success. He changes assistant coaches constantly, demands as much of his staff as he does his players, and runs the program like the military. Maybe that's what we colloquially call "The Process." But for young men who need that kind of discipline, it might be the best thing for them, and give them direction and a college degree for later in life.
If Alabama continues to struggle to make shots, they'll continue to lose. Simple as that. I'm not sure what's going on with the team, but perhaps they can't stand prosperity. I hope not.
I'm not sold on Robinson, Jr. He played second fiddle to Najee Harris the whole year and didn't seem to have the same explosiveness. But players improve with time and experience and he may yet grow into the position. The defense has got to get better as a unit. One might say that high-octane offenses and mediocre defense is the new norm in college football, but it doesn't excuse the fact that the Alabama defense simply couldn't get stops on third down all season long.
I sense that this will be a bit of a rebuilding year, but when you have the best players, you usually win close games on clutch plays. We'll see. I'm curious to see how our underclassmen and incoming freshman contribute to the meld.
This Alabama 2020 team was one of the most explosive, high-powered teams of all time. Removing Waddle from the equation I feared would hamstring us, but we had so much existing talent around him that we were still able to blow everyone out of the water except for Florida in the SEC Championship Game. But imagine how many more records would have been set if Waddle had been a factor. It's scary to think about how much Alabama would have scored with him as a factor. Arguably, Smitty wouldn't have won the Heisman had Waddle not gone down midway through the season. I wish Waddle the best in the NFL.